All your bases belong to Televisa
(Apologies to Aguachile … who had every right to object to my initial description of his (and other commentator’s) response to the events last February. Corrections in italics— my reply to his comment in the “comments” section.)
From Aguachile last Thursday:
The director of the MVS Comunicaciones media group, whose TV concession provides a rare alternative to Mexico’s electronic media duopoly dominated by the infamous Televisa and TV Azteca, has confirmed what many has suspected: The PAN government of Felipe Calderón has launched a political attack on the station.
The government’s decision to put up MVS’s concession claiming that it is under-utilizing its 2.5 GHz bandwidth appears only to have been an excuse, as MVS head Joaquín Vargas Guajardo confirmed that the government told him its license would only be renewed if he fired the renowned investigative journalist Carmen Aristegui, as well as to desist from an earlier MVS complaint against a proposed Televisa purchase of Iusacell, a cell phone provider.
Aristegui, one of the most respected journalists in Latin America (and in the hemisphere as a whole) was fired in February of this year for reporting on wide-spread and long-standing reports that Felipe Calderón had a problem with alcohol.
There was some surprising support (from Aguachile among others) for firing Even among those normally critical of the administration, many (like Aguachile) saw Ms. Aristegui’s reportage as unfair and unwarranted rumor mongering, which made it understandable that a “mainstream” news organization would fire her. But public demand supposedly led to her reinstatement. However, if the claims by Joaquín Vargas that he was told by Calderón’s Labor Secretary, Javier Lozano, that his company’s broadband access permits were “fucked” if the journalist was reinstated, are true, then it appears that MVS was indeed taking it’s role as an independent media source seriously.
At one point, the Calderón Administration was making big noises about breaking up monopolies — though it then proceeded to forcibly liquidate the union owned electric company LyFC and turn its assets over to the semi-privatived CFE and to force both Carlos Slim’s various companies and MVS to make concessions designed to strengthen Televisa’s position in the media market.